Kleines Schulerloch inscription

The runic inscription of debated authenticity discovered in the Kleines Schulerloch cave that was found in 1937, Altmühltal (near Essing, Bavaria) was not noticed until the 1950s.[1] It reads

birg : leub : selbrade,

probably meaning “Birg, beloved of Selbrad”, next to a drawing of an ibex or stag scratched into the stone from perhaps the same time, but whose the authenticity is also debated.[1] The inscription was generally considered to be fake shortly after its discovery.[2]
The discovery of a parallel inscription in grave 172 of the “Unterer Stollen” cemetery in Bad Krozingen in 2001, reading

boba : leub | agirike

revived discussions regarding the authenticity of the Kleines Schulerloch inscription. Still, in 2003, Looijenga concluded that the inscription is an obvious falsification.[3] In 2012, Findell, accepting the Bad Krozingen inscription as genuine, noted that most scholars still objected to its authenticity and considered the Kleines Schulerloch inscription to be at least “suspect”.[2]
References[edit]

A. Bammesberger, G. Waxenberger (eds.), Das fuþark und seine einzelsprachlichen Weiterentwicklungen, Walter de Gruyter (2006), ISBN 978-3-11-019008-3, 137-393.

Notes[edit]

^ a b Findell, Martin (2012). Phonological Evidence from the Continental Runic Inscriptions. Berlin and Boston: Walter de Gruyter. p. 425. ISBN 978-3-11-028925-1. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
^ a b Findell, Martin (2012). Phonological Evidence from the Continental Runic Inscriptions. Berlin and Boston: Walter de Gruyter. p. 494. ISBN 978-3-11-028925-1. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
^ Looijenga, Tineke (2003). Texts and Contexts of the Oldest Runic Inscriptions. Leiden: BRILL. p. 223. ISBN 90-04-12396-2. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 

External links[edit]

Die Eiszeitzeichnung vom kleinen Schulerloch (photo of inscription), archived from the original location
Inscriptions suspected to be falsifications: Kleines Schulerloch (German), from the Runenprojekt of the University of Kiel, including an extensive list of references

Coordinates: 48°55′40″N 11°49′01″E / 48.92778°N 11.81694°E / 48.92778; 11.81694